What are some tips regarding video essays?

As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the  experts. Here are their answers

Susan Knoppow

Video supplements are great if the college accepts them. The purpose of the written essay is the same as the video. You should write an essay to show who you are; you should also make a video to show who you are. It is fine for someone to hold a camera for you. But it should not be scripted by someone else. The final product has to show something genuine. The student applying to college is the only one who can write or produce something that sounds or looks genuine.

Laura O’Brien Gatzionis Founder Educational Advisory Services

Just like written essays, these require a lot of thought and planning–developing an idea, a script, filming and then editing and perhaps choosing or creating a musical score to accompany the essay. For some students, this opportunity can be really fun and challenging and provide a welcome relief from the stress of the application. For others, it simply adds to the stress. Choose wisely where you want to spend the time.